Carter injury deals Jamaica fresh blow

Jamaica's Nesta Carter. Photo: EPA

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter, the second fastest man over 100m this year, pulled out of Wednesday’s meet at Lucerne because of a thigh injury, organisers said.

Carter was a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay gold medal winning team at the last year Olympics.

Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 11:17am

Jamaica’s Blake withdraws from world championships

Yohan Blake. Photo: EPA

Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake of Jamaica has withdrawn from the world championships in Moscow next month due to a nagging hamstring injury.

Agent Cubie Seegobin says that although Blake has made “vast improvement” since injuring the leg in April, he needs more time to fully recover.

17 Jul 2013 - 11:41am

Prime minister says Jamaica standing by athletes

Portia Simpson Miller. Photo: AP

Jamaica’s leader says the Caribbean country is standing by its athletes after two of the island’s marquee sprinters and three others tested positive for banned substances.

In a Tuesday speech in Jamaica’s Parliament, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said the government values the “significant contributions they make toward engendering national pride.”

17 Jul 2013 - 11:03am

Hong Kong triathlon squad newly motivated

Neil Harvey (sitting) and Patrick Kelly. Photo: Richard Castka/Sportpix International

Point-scoring issues that have dogged the Hong Kong triathlon squad in its bid to retain its elite-sport status at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) seem set to become a thing of the past.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Bolt runs track-record 19.79 in 200 at Bislett

Usain Bolt. Photo: EPA

Piqued by suggestions of a possible decline, Usain Bolt responded with a blistering season debut at 200 meters and a track record at the Bislett Games.

“I’m not in as bad shape as I thought I was,” Bolt said Thursday after his emphatic victory.

14 Jun 2013 - 11:38am

Bolt will have to qualify for 100 metres at world championships

Usain Bolt. Photo: EPA

Usain Bolt will have to qualify for the 100 metres at this year’s world championships after Jamaican officials decided the country’s automatic entry into the race should go to his training partner Yohan Blake.

But Bolt was given his country’s wildcard entry into the 200m after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) ruled in his favour for the longer sprint.

13 Jun 2013 - 1:16pm

Justin Gatlin retains Prefontaine 100m title

Justin Gatlin crosses the line ahead of Michael Rodgers and Ryan Bailey in the final of the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic. Photo: EPA

Veteran sprinter Justin Gatlin turned back the clock with a victory in the 100 metres at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet. Gatlin, 31, won in a wind-aided time of 9.88 seconds, beating fellow Americans Michael Rodgers and Ryan Bailey.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Pressure to reform mounts on China sports system

Foreign-coached Li Jinzhe's winning long jump at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai.

As the focus shifts to China's next showcase sporting event, the 2015 World Athletics Championships in the capital, experts say that less intense foreign coaching schemes yield better results than the gruelling state training regimes.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:55am

James Hansen wins Hong Kong International Diamond Mile

James Hansen wins the Hong Kong International Diamond Mile in Central yesterday from compatriot Nathan Down. Photo: Richard Castka

Tasmanian James Hansen, 19, took the men's title in four minutes and 20 seconds, but had to work as gusty conditions hit over the second leg of the two-lap course to hold off fellow Australian Nathan Down (4:21) and Kenya's Solomon Kipyego Keter (4:24).

23 Apr 2013 - 5:22am

Round the Island Time Trial runners face e-mail threats

Organisers of Round the Island Time Trial have received an e-mail from a group who said they may sabotage the painted blue dots that mark the route. Photo: SCMP

The organisers of this Sunday's Round the Island Time Trial have warned of a "potentially life-threatening" risk to runners in the 65 kilometre race, after receiving an e-mail from a group who said they may sabotage the painted blue dots that mark the route.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:43am

New athletics coach has broad expertise

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association. Photo: Jonathan Wong

When Anthony Giorgi, the newly appointed head athletics coach at the Sports Institute, first coached a Hong Kong athlete 10 years ago, it was Tam Chi-kin, a breaststroker in swimming.

9 Apr 2013 - 5:14am

Obstinate officials force sprinter Leung Ki-ho to give up relay spot

Leung Ki-ho wins the men's 200 metres race at the Xtep Hong Kong League round two at Wan Chai Sports Ground. Photo: SMP Pictures

Sprinter Leung Ki-ho has been forced to give up his place in the men's 4x100 metres relay team for the World University Games this summer due to official intransigence - and two other regular members of the team are likely to follow suit.

7 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

Benson lifts Mount Butler Race trophy despite finishing second

Darren Benson. Photo: Richard Castka

This anomaly occurred because Chan Ka-ho, who crossed the finish line in 57 minutes and 11 seconds for the 15-kilometre event, had entered the team competition and, as a result, was not eligible for the overall first prize.

25 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

The road warrior

Andre Blumberg kisses the finishing marker of the Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge after running 298km in three days. Photo: Patchanida Pongsubkarun

It's 4.30am and Andre Blumberg wrestles with his alarm clock. Eyes full of sleep, he grabs a small pack filled with water and food before heading into the dark for his daily run - a two-hour sojourn in which he will cover a half-marathon distance while Hong Kong sleeps. It's a warm-up for the triple marathon distance he will run during the weekend and a stroll in comparison to the multiple ultra marathons he will complete this year.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Six new doping cases revealed by IAAF

Belarus' Ivan Tsikhan. Photo: AFP

The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) on Friday announced that a re-testing of samples from the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki has revealed six new cases of doping.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:04pm